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Week of 12/14-12/17

Good morning Panthers! Well, we are down to the last week of the semester! This year really has gone by quickly. I hope your student has had an excellent experience so far. I am really noticing an improvement in so many areas. That is not to say that we don’t have work to do. There are still areas that we need to improve on as faculty and students. I think we are ready for the challenge though and look forward to making this an outstanding year.
We have some seriously talented students at Ridgeview. It seems like every week we are raking in awards from different competitions. This week is no different as results came in from the PTA Reflections contest. Ridgeview had six students receive awards of excellence, four awards of merit, and three honorable mentions. This is an excellent showing in all categories, from choreography, to literature, to photography, to visual arts. It is amazing when you let your imagination fly! Keep sending me your experiences. My next blog will have a Panther …

Week of 12/7-12/11

Good morning Panthers! I hope you had a restful weekend! The end of the first semester is quickly coming to a close. At the end of the semester it is always a good time to reflect on what is working and what needs adjustments. Surveys will be coming out over the course of the next two weeks. I invite you to be honest in your feedback about what we are doing well at Ridgeview and what we can improve on. January is also when we start planning for the next school year as crazy as that sounds. Choice sheets will be available in February and we will start having parent information sessions for 8th graders about high school and academy options in January.
I am not sure if you read the RRISD news that gets sent out each week, but Ridgeview made the press two times in the latest edition. Old news to those of you that read my blog, but we were recognized for being the overall winner in the “Coins for Coats” drive. Our theater department also received kudos for the awards we received at the Renai…

Week of 11/30-12/4

Welcome back Panthers! I hope everyone had a relaxing break. It always seems relaxing until those days right after Thanksgiving and then it seems hectic, at least for me. Maybe it is the feeling of anxiety knowing that when we go back to school there are only three weeks left before the end of the semester. Personally, I do not like extended breaks. It gets me out of rhythm. However, this break was good because I started taking a look at my personal health and fitness. I guess it started when practicing to beat the 8th graders in volleyball. The extra physical activity is definitely an adrenaline rush for me. I did good to workout 5 days this last week. Of course, Thursday was a workout of a different sort, stuffing myself with turkey, so I probably just broke even for the week. My new philosophy is to start now as opposed to waiting until the new year.

We have several events over the course of the next three weeks that I encourage you to look at. The first is an event sponsored by PTA…

Week of 11/16 - 11/20

Good evening Panthers! Another week down and another week approaching. This week will go quickly with the holiday season on the horizon. As we enter the week, I want to express how happy I am with the way that we ended last week. I was so happy to hear that our total for Coins for Coats led the district. We also had over 60 Veterans join us for our parade on Wednesday morning. Thanks to those that joined us and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. It doesn’t have to be a once a year visit. There were two things that really stood out for me. One was the pride on the face of the students that walked with their veteran through the hallways. The other was the amount of students that took the time to really look at the Wall of Honor that we constructed. I hope that this idea continues to grow in coming years. Anytime you have a middle schooler take the time to stop talking to a friend and read is special, but in the middle of the commons as they were walking to class or before…

Week of 11/9 - 11/13

Hello Panthers! Another week down. The year is moving so fast I can already smell the turkey. While we don’t have as many events going on this week. We have one very special event that I encourage you to come witness. 

Veteran's Day Celebration
On Wednesday morning we will be hosting our Veteran’s Day parade. We will be featuring our staff who are veterans as well as parents, grandparents, siblings, and community members who are veterans. Last year we had 80 veterans participate in the event and we hope to have that many again. Please let your veteran know about this special event and contact Mrs. Burton mara_burton@roundrockisd.org to RSVP. I hope the students take time to reflect on the true meaning of Veteran’s Day and what service and sacrifice truly mean. We take for granted the life that we live. We have so many freedoms in America that are taken for granted. The ability to send out this newsletter with opinions and free education are just two examples. The liberties that we po…

Week of 11/2 - 11/6

Hello Panthers!

I can’t believe we are already in the month of November! Where has time gone? The year seems to be going really fast. Around November I always start to think about turkeys and beards. I also think about service to others. It usually starts with Veteran’s Day and concludes with Thanksgiving. What wicked deja vu for Halloween to bring two floods in three years. I know there will be opportunities for the Ridgeview community to help others. As I have stated multiple times in the past, I think it is very important for middle school students to be involved with service projects to help out others in need because too many times they are in their own little bubble and can’t see beyond self to the needs of others. We have two projects coming up that give students an opportunity to think of others. The first is an annual food drive to benefit the Round Rock Serving Center. The second is building Service Care packages in conjunction with our Veteran's Day celebration which wil…

Week of 10/26-10/30

Good morning Panthers!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend despite all the rain! The rain was desperately needed and I think it fell slow enough that we did not have the flooding that was predicted as a possibility. There is much going on this week. First, we celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Each day students are asked to participate in dressing up to take a stand. Below is the schedule:
Monday 10/26 - “Red Out Day” - Wear red to kick off Red Ribbon Week Tuesday 10/27 - “Friends are the Anti-Drug” - Dress like your best friend… Twin Day Wednesday 10/28 - “Superheroes Day: Stand up for Anti-Bullying and Being Drug-Free” Dress like your favorite superhero Thursday 10/29 - “Let’s Stomp Out Drugs” - Wear boots Friday 10/30 - “Boo to Drugs” - Wear Halloween colors

Wednesday we have our second early release/enrichment day. I know that teachers and students both are excited. Progress reports will go home on Thursday. Friday we will have our picnic during lunch, weather pending. I am hoping it will not r…

Week of 10/19-10/23

Good morning Panthers!

I hope you had a great weekend! I had the opportunity to attend a conference in San Antonio on Friday and thought that I would share a few key points. The speaker was Dr. Fred Johnson and he is a clinical psychologist and counselor in addition to being a former teacher and administrator. He focused mainly on typical vs. atypical behavior in students. He spent some time going over adolescent development and it was a good refresher for me in terms of remembering critical milestones. It is important to remember that it is normal for kids to go through a regressed stage. However, that regression will typically only last 3 to 6 months. There are also 4 critical ages of development: Ages 7, 9, 13, and 15. Below is a synopsis:

6 years: Students are outgoing and ready to learn. When in a regressed stage, the student tends to become possessive, selfish, and jealous of others.
7 years: At a regressed stage student become insecure, hesitant, and introspective. This is a cr…

Week of 10/12-10/16

Good evening Panthers,
Good news! I will keep it short. I don't know why, but it always seems like short weeks seem to feel like extra long weeks. Just a reminder that we do not have school for students tomorrow. I wish I didn't have school tomorrow, but we have a day filled with professional development. It is not a bad thing, in fact, it is a good thing. When the staff is all on the same page and there is extra time for planning, the students will benefit. Sometimes I wonder why this is not built into the regular school calendar more frequently. I have even thought that if we could design schools differently, students might only need to go four days a week, but for a longer time period. This would give teachers extra time each week to prepare for students. Then again, it might have the opposite effect as students do not have as much access to teachers. It might lead to a longer school year as well, something I am not sure anyone is ready for. It is interesting to think about…

Week 10/5-10/9

Good morning Panthers!
Sorry this didn't get out last night. Darn Cowboys had me up late last night only to end in heartache. I hope you like the use of Blogger. I have had positive reviews, especially regarding the different pages that you can click on to get the information you want, without having to skim through and decipher in my blog.

This week I get a little deeper. If you don't have time to read, save it for when you do. I have included some links to youtube videos as well that will explain much of my experience. This week I want to spotlight three inspirations that I had.

Inspiration #1
I want to thank everyone that came out for Literacy Night. It was the first time we have done an evening event with an author. I must say that I was intrigued by what Joelle Charbonneau had to say. She is a very interesting lady. Wasn't quite sure about all her "dead body" comments, but I guess I can see where it adds interest to a story. I start with Ms. Charbonneau this …

Week 09/28-10/2

Hello Panthers!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I am so excited to try this out and see how it works. I am very open to feedback. Don't worry you won't hurt my feelings. Let me know about the formatting, especially if you are viewing it on your phone.

I have to tell you I am not a technology guru as you have probably figured out. This was more difficult than I thought it would be just trying to get the layout right. Please note the tabs at the top of the page. This includes the calendar of events, general announcements, links to the Ridgeview and PTA websites, as well as a tab on how to be involved as a parent. I have all new respect for graphic designers. What a creative talent you have to have!

This past week was a little crazy for whatever reason. I would like to blame it on the super moon. For some reason lunar activity seems to mess with people. On a positive note, we had a great 6th grade dance on Friday night! It was a good way to end the week! Much of the success n…